The Rundown for July 4, 2018

INDEPENDENCE DAY… More than 216 million Americans are expected to celebrate the Fourth of July today. That’s down from $7.1 billion last year, but it’s still the second-highest amount in the 16-year history of the National Retail Federation survey. More than half — 62 percent, or 153 million people — expect to have a cookout or picnic. Motorists who hit the road for the holiday will notice that gas prices are at a four-year high.

JORDAN ACCUSED OF ENABLING SEXUAL ABUSE… Three former wrestlers at Ohio State University have accused Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of failing to protect them from sexual abuse at the hands of a team doctor. The wrestlers told NBC News that they suffered years of abuse from Dr. Richard Strauss, who would allegedly shower with team members and touch them inappropriately during examinations. The wrestlers say Strauss’ abusive tendencies were well-known in the OSU athletic department, and that multiple players reported Strauss’ behavior directly to Jordan during his tenure as assistant coach at the university between 1986 and 1994.

JUDGE ORDERS WHITE HOUSE TO TURN OVER CENSUS INFO… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Trump administration to hand over information about its plan to ask people filling out the 2020 census form whether they are U.S. citizens. A group of 17 states and six cities suing the administration over the question has requested the information. Plaintiffs claim the census question could lead to undercounting in states with large immigrant populations, jeopardizing their political representation and access to federal funds.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK AFFIRMATIVE ACTION… The Trump administration has rescinded an extensive set of Obama-era guidelines that had called on colleges and universities to consider race as a way of promoting diversity. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the 24 documents many of which gave advice to schools on how to deal with Supreme Court decisions on race and admissions “were unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.” The Supreme Court has ruled over a series of cases that universities may use affirmative action to help minority applicants get into college.

NORTHEAST HEAT WAVE… The heat wave blanketing the Northeast is expected to last through tomorrow. New York City could top 90 degrees for up to a week straight and temperatures as much as 20 degrees above average are also expected in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Hartford and Albany, New York. Nearly 60 million people remain under a heat advisory or warning.

MORE SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCUSATIONS AGAINST KEVIN SPACEY... Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been hit with three new sexual assault allegations in London. The London Metropolitan Police’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command is investigating each of the cases. Spacey was artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London for 11 years, starting in 2003. 20 men have reportedly come forward with claims against Spacey. Spacey is facing three other accusations in the U.S.

SEINFELD SUED OVER ‘COFFEE’… Jerry Seinfeld is targeted in a lawsuit over the origins of the Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Christian Charles, a producer who directed the pilot, claims in the lawsuit that he, not Seinfeld, is the actual creator of the show. Charles says Seinfeld initially rejected the show when he approached the comic with it in 2002. Seinfeld argues that Charles sued after learning how much money Seinfeld was making for each episode after Netflix purchased the series.

COLORADO 8 – San Francisco 1… Charlie Blackmon smacked a solo homer and Nolan Arenado added a three-run shot as the Rockies rolled past the Giants. Antonio Senzatela (3-1) pitched three-hit ball over seven shutout innings.

ARIZONA 4 – St. Louis 2… Paul Goldschmidt blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Diamondbacks downed the Cardinals. Zack Greinke (9-5) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6-2/3 innings.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – Pittsburgh 3… The Dodgers’ power barrage continues as L.A. hit six more homers in the defeat of the Pirates. Max Muncy connected twice. Joc Pederson, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez also went deep. Clayton Kershaw (2-4) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

Houston 5 – TEXAS 3… Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and Kemp added a two-run shot during in the top of the third inning as the Astros got past the Rangers. Reddick also doubled home a run. Dallas Keuchel (5-8) gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings.

Cleveland 6 – KANSAS CITY 4… Yan Gomes unloaded a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning to power the Indians past the Royals. Yonder Alonso went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

SEATTLE 4 – L.A. Angels 1… Wade LeBlanc (3-0) held the Angels to a run on three hits over seven innings as the Mariners cruised to the win. Kyle Seager lined a two-run double and Nelson Cruz hit a bases-empty homer or the Mariners.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Detroit 3… Kyle Schwarber had a couple of hits, including a solo homer, and Anthony Rizzo knocked in a pair of runs as the Cubs handled the Tigers.

MILWAUKEE 2 – Minnesota 0… Junior Guerra limited the Twins to two hits over five innings and two relievers completed the Brewers’ blanking of the Twins. Eric Thames accounted for the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Boston 11 – WASHINGTON 4… Xander Bogaerts’ three-run homer highlighted a six-run top of the fifth inning and the Red Sox cruised past the Nationals. J.D. Martinez and Eduardo Nunez also homered for Boston.

N.Y. YANKEES 8 – Atlanta 5… Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton hit two-run homers, Kyle Higashioka added a solo shot and the Yankees topped the Braves. Higashioka also drew a bases-loaded walk to force home a run.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Baltimore 2… Knapp tripled home Williams with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Phillies made it stand in beating the Orioles. Hoskins doubled home Philadelphia’s first two runs in the third. Zach Eflin (7-2) surrendered two runs on five hits over seven innings.

TORONTO 8 – N.Y. Mets 6… The Blue Jays erased a 6-1 seventh-inning deficit in upending the Mets. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth bottom of the eighth inning. Yangervis Solarte tied the game with a three-run homer in the eighth.

Chi. White Sox 12 – CINCINNATI 8 (12 innings)… The White Sox outlasted the Reds after trailing 7-2 in the fifth inning. Yoan Moncada gapped a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the 12th inning and scored on Yolmer Sanchez’s triple. Avisail Garcia hit two solo homers and singled home a run. Daniel Palka hit a pair of homers of his own and also drove in three runs.

Tampa Bay 9 – MIAMI 6 (16 innings)… Jake Bauers hit a tiebreaking two-out, two-run double in the 16th inning and scored on reliever Vidal Nuno’s single as the Rays downed the Marlins. Wilson Ramos homered with a runner aboard.

OAKLAND 6 – San Diego 2… Jed Lowrie stroked a three-run homer and Mark Canha drilled a solo homer during a five-run bottom of the sixth inning that carried the Athletics past the Padres. Chad Pinder also homered with the bases empty.

San Francisco (Suarez, 3-4) is at Colorado (Anderson, 5-3)…
Arizona (Corbin, 6-3) hosts St. Louis (Mikolas, 8-3)…
Pittsburgh (TBD) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 1-3)

Houston (Cole, 9-2) is at Texas (Minor, 6-4)…
Kansas City (Kennedy, 1-8) hosts Cleveland (Bauer, 7-6)…
the L.A. Angels (TBD) are at Seattle (Leake, 8-4)

Detroit (Liriano, 3-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 6-6)…
Milwaukee (Anderson, 6-6) hosts Minnesota (Berrios, 8-6)…
Boston (Rodriguez, 9-3) is at Washington (Fedde, 1-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 5-3) host Atlanta (Teheran, 6-5)…
Baltimore (Ramirez, 0-1) is at Philadelphia (Nola, 10-2)…
Toronto (Stroman, 1-5) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Oswalt, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Covey, 3-3) are at Cincinnati (Romano, 4-8)…
Miami (Ureña, 2-9) hosts Tampa Bay (TBD)…
San Diego (Perdomo, 1-2) is at Oakland (Manaea, 8-6)


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